Updated: Aug 4
Parking regulations play an important role. They keep the roads organized and maintain accessibility in our communities. They make sure fire hydrants are clear and that disabled parking spots are available for those who need them. But there's a new proposed California state law called AB-1082 that could shake things up when it comes to parking enforcement. These changes could affect how drivers pay parking fines and how we handle violations by out-of-state drivers. In this blog post, we'll explain what AB-1082 is and some changes to consider.
AB-1082 wants to change the current payment plan in California for people who can't afford to pay their parking fees. Under the new plan, the total amount of fees and fines would reduce to a maximum of $600. Drivers would have 2 years to pay it off. This means that if someone qualified for this plan, they could ignore all parking rules for 2 years and only have to pay $25 per month.
AB-1082 could create a loophole that allows people to park in restricted areas without much consequence. They would know that they can pay off all their tickets for a maximum of $25 per month. What do you think?
No More Enforcement on Out-of-State Plates
Currently, if a car with a California license plate doesn't pay a fine within 21 days, it becomes delinquent. The agency that issued the ticket can then send the fine to the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), and they can hold your vehicle's registration until you pay. However, this enforcement doesn't apply to vehicles with license plates from other states as it has been determined that the California DMV doesn't have authority.
Under AB-1082, local authorities would no longer be able to boot or tow vehicles due to overdue parking tickets. This means there would be no way to enforce compliance with parking rules for out-of-state vehicles.
If AB-1082 becomes law, parking organizations would have to wait until a vehicle has accumulated six delinquent parking tickets before they can send them for collection by the DMV. Currently, they can send a single delinquent ticket to the DMV for collection during the vehicle's registration process.
You can read more about AB-1082 here. What do you think of AB-1082?